2016 Interns Lea Torelli, Benedict Nguyen, Tamia Ruiz

We offer ongoing internships during our Fall and Spring seasons, as well as winter and summer internships geared to college and university students and recent graduates. Interns receive free classes and some free workshops. Read on for details on the positions, openings, and how to apply.

We accept application materials for all internships on a rolling basis. To be notified about upcoming openings, join our mailing list at the bottom of this page, and be sure to select the "Artist Opportunities" list.

Our Internships

Class Registrar:

6 month (fall or spring season) minimum time commitment

10 hours per week in exchange for free classes, some free workshops and at least one week of MELT intensive

Duties include: class registration, studio maintenance and cleaning, serving as a liaison between the studio and the off-site offices, and occasionally assisting with office duties and events.

Studio Coordinator:

6 months (fall or spring season) minimum time commitment

10-12 hours per week in exchange for free classes, some free workshops and at least one week of MELT intensive.

Duties include: Based at our Abrons Arts Center office, The Studio Coordinator works amongst a team of interns in this role, assisting with the Space Subsidy Program. Studio interns will interact with artists booking our spaces, schedule and facilitate contract meeting for artist studio usage agreements, studio maintenance and cleaning, and general day-to-day oversight of the program as needed.

Minimum commitment varies, but is generally 6 months for NY residents and case by case basis for international students, 10 - 15 hours per week, depending on the duration of the Internship, in exchange for free classes, some free workshops and at least one MELT workshop. Please note that we are unable to assist with visas and do not qualify to sponsor a visa at this time.

Office internship areas of focus include:

Database and Program Tracking: 

The Database and Program Tracking Intern will interact with every department at Movement Research by acting as a liaison between programming staff and the development, marketing and operations team members. This intern will be responsible for consistently entering program statistics for MR’s eleven interrelated programs, which include: Classes & Workshops, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Open Performance, Studies Projects, MR Festivals, Artists-in-Residence (AIR), Subsidized Rehearsal Space, Movement Research Exchange (MRX), Internship, MR Publishing (Performance Journal & Critical Correspondence), and DanceMakers in the Schools. This intern will report directly to MR’s Managing Director and work with MR’s database consultants to implement a comprehensive, monthly program tracking system. The ideal candidate possesses a strong interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language, data gathering and statistical analysis. Experience with Mac software, Word, Excel and Filemaker strongly encouraged.

Development:

The Development Intern assists the Development Manager with tasks that vary by season (including support for grant deadlines, end-of-year giving, gala, Artist Advisory Council and Board) and is responsible for entering donations into the database, assisting with program tracking, taking minutes at various meetings and grant/artist opportunity research. Additionally, the ideal candidate possesses a strong interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language. Experience with Mac software, Word, Excel and Filemaker strongly encouraged.

Finance and Operations:

The Finance and Operations Intern works closely with the Operations Manager on matters related to the day-to-day operations of the organization. This includes bookkeeping, bank deposits, artist contract preparation, IT, database and facilities maintenance. This position provides interns with hands-on experience in arts non-profit administration. Candidates should have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and excellent email etiquette. Experience in Quickbooks, FileMaker Pro and Mac Mail programs is a plus but not required.

Marketing:

The Marketing Intern assists the Media and Communications Manager with the social media accounts, press and promotional materials, website maintenance and online class listings. The ideal candidate possesses a strong work ethic, basic organizational skills, and an interest in engaging in Movement Research classes and events. Attention to detail and strong proofreading skills are a priority. Experience with Mailchimp, Medium and/or other media software a plus, in addition to a strong knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

Media:

The Media Intern assists the Media and Communications Manager with the video archive and database, press and promotional materials, website maintenance and social media. The ideal candidate possesses a strong work ethic, basic organizational skills, and an interest in the documentation of contemporary and experimental dance. Experience with Mac software and Excel are strongly encouraged. Experience with Dreamweaver, iMovie, and/or social media platforms a plus.

Performance Journal Archives and Subscriptions Intern:

The PJ Archives and Subscriptions Intern works closely with the Media and Communications Manager to manage subscriptions and maintain the database for the Performance Journal, Movement Research's bi-annual printed publication. Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a small, busy office environment. Participants will gain experience with Filemaker Pro, MR's detailed customized database. To learn more about the MRPJ visit https://movementresearch.org/publications/performance-journal

Programming:

The Programming Intern works closely with the Programs and Events Coordinator to organize many of the artist programs and events including, but not limited to: the annual Spring Gala, MELT Workshops, Fall and Spring Workshops, and our application based programs. Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a small, busy office environment. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Mac Mail program, and Google Docs not required but helpful.

Special Events (March-May):

The Special Events Intern works closely with the Programs & Events Manager and the Development Associate in the planning of the annual Movement Research Spring Gala. This position will assist with volunteer outreach and coordination, organizing logistics relating to the performance, donation tracking, ticket sales and in-kind donation outreach. Ideal candidates should have some event coordination experience, a familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word, excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a small, busy office environment. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Mac Mail program, and Google Docs not required but helpful. Time commitment is 10-15 hours a week beginning in March through the end of May; hours will increase in the week leading up to and following the Gala. The 2017 Movement Research Spring Gala takes place on Monday, May 8th.

Spring Festival (Feb-June):

The Spring Festival Intern works closely with the Spring Festival curatorial team, the Director of Artist's Programs and Program and Events Coordinator. Time commitment is 10-15 hours a week beginning in February and working through the end of June. Intern should have good organizational and email communication skills, an attention to detail, and some familiarity with google docs and with setting up and working on spreadsheets. Intern will be compensated with free admittance to festival events in addition to some free classes with Movement Research during the term of their internship.

Seasonal, short term internships are available based on organizational needs. Seasonal, short term internships are 15-25 hour per week for 2 months. Areas of focus can include, but are not necessarily limited to, operations, archiving, marketing & media, and special projects.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please include particular areas of interest and/or skillsets if applicable.

Internships are approximately 10 hrs per week. Hours may be distributed unevenly depending on season and needs. The internship term is one year. During that time, the intern will receive free Movement Research classes and some workshops. 

CC internship tasks:
- Transcribe/edit interviews
- Help with website maintenance
- Convert audio files into podcasts
- Keep a calendar or events, interviews, and other timely matters
- Participate in preparation of monthly e-newsletter
- Participate in editorial monthly meeting
- Deliver recorders from the Movement Research office to interviewers
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- An interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language
- Familiarity with web platforms (especially Wordpress)
- Writing and editing skills
- Interview skills
- Ability to work independently
- Audio and video editing skills also greatly appreciated but not required
- Investment in the mission and goals of the publication

The internship is largely self-directed and the intern will most often work from home, aside from monthly meetings. It is a good opportunity to gain experience in the field and hone editorial and critical thinking skills. 

Mission and Goals of CC:
Critical Correspondence (CC) is an artist-driven project of Movement Research that aims to activate, develop and increase the visibility of critical discourse on dance and movement-based performance work. We initiate conversations and writings to map the language surrounding current practices and to establish a dialogue between artists and others who are engaged with this work. We also host contributions from artists/writers traveling, working in different localities or reporting from a particular working process.

Visit CC here: www.movementresearch.org/criti...

To apply for a CC Internship, email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected]

Internships are approximately 5-10 hours / week. Hours will be distributed unevenly depending on the production schedule for the publication and any pressing needs that emerge with each issue. The internship term is for two issues, lasting approximately one year. During that time, the intern will receive free Movement Research classes and some workshops. 

Performance Journal internship tasks:

  • Assist with research and information gathering to support writers and editors (for instance literature reviews)
  • Write brief listing-format pieces
  • Help collect writer bylines
  • Collect event dates & details for the Featured Artists Calendar
  • Transcribe/edit interviews
  • Participate in editorial meetings
  • Deliver interview recorders from the Movement Research office to interviewers
  • Download audio files from recorders
  • Assist with outreach and distribution
  • Assist with copyediting

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • An interest in engaging contemporary and experimental dance and/or performance work through language
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work ahead of deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Investment in the mission and goals of the publication

The internship is largely self-directed, and the intern will most often work from home, aside from meetings. It is an opportunity to gain experience in the field and hone editorial and critical thinking skills.

Click here to read more about the Performance Journal.

6 month (fall or spring season) minimum time commitment
An average of 10 hours per week in free classes, some free workshops, at least one MELT workshop. 

Duties include: set-up, door, and technical assistance for Movement Research at the Judson Church, Open Performance, Studies Project, Movement Research Festivals, and Gala.

Interested in Applying?

Read the application guidelines for more information about how to apply, deadlines and program details.

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Current Interns


Former Interns (dating back through 2016)


Movement Research offers a variety of internship opportunities for dancers of all levels ages 18 and up. The Intern Program enables 25-30 artists annually to learn valuable administrative skills, assist MR staff, and attend workshops and classes for free.

Applications are reviewed periodically, either with each new season, or as a position becomes available. Applications are welcome at any time. To apply for a CC Internship, email a cover letter, resume and writing sample. For all other internships, please submit a cover letter and resume reflecting relevant experience. Send materials to [email protected]ementresearch.org. Please note that, with our part time staff, we are often unable to answer inquiries immediately.

Please note for which positions you are applying. The resume should focus on work experience and include all relevant computer skills, technological experience, finance/cash register experience, and whatever else you feel is applicable to your areas of interest.

About the Program

Read more about this program, including details on the positions and current openings.

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